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About a year after quitting the job

Posted December. 22, 2017 08:51,   

Updated December. 22, 2017 09:10


There are information for “the quitters,” or office workers who are preparing to quit their jobs, flowing on the online world. An overseas website introduced “five things you must do before quitting the job you hate.” These things are: begin early, prepare for it quietly, save money, think of the quitting message and make sure to hand over the work well.

Inagaki Emiko, a former reporter at Asahi News of Japan, can be considered as an exemplary case of “the quitter.” She decided to quit her job after failing to be promoted and assigned to work in a different region when she was 40 years old, and she submitted the letter of resignation two years ago when she was 50 years old. She worked passionately until the end, as she said that her job became fun as she thought of quitting. She has changed her lifestyle completely, which comforted her empty heart by consumption. She is pursuing a happy daily life with the minimum costs, even by getting rid of TV and refrigerator, and she has become famous in Korea as well, with her book “I quit.”

Not all lives after quitting the jobs are easy and smooth. According to a report by Statistics Korea on Thursday, the unemployed people who could not find a new job after a year since quitting their jobs amounted to 30 percent, recording the highest rate ever since the government started compiling the data. As the stiffened employment market also made the cold wind blow on the re-employment market, no one should submit a letter of resignation out of impulse. If you’re a “quitter,” then you must eval‎uate your coordinates of a year after quitting the job with a cool head. Even if you succeed in re-employment, there is something you must keep in mind. You must never speak ill of your previous job and boss, with vengeance in your mind. This can kill your own long-term career, as “chickens come home to roost.”

Some are troubled for not being able to find a job, and others are troubled for wanting to quit a job. Since even the “quitters” have their own stories, it cannot be considered as a mere complaint. Inagaki Emiko, who rose as a role model for the “quitters,” answers “no” when asked if her life has become happier after quitting her job. She thought that all of the complicate problems would have faded away if she had quit her job, but no! Back in time, whenever there was a problem, she complained that “it’s my company’s fault” or “it’s my boss’ fault,” but now she has learned she shouldn't blame others —“she” is the one to blame. This is a story to think about for those who dream of a romantic job-quitting.